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Brown reflects on Southend point and looks ahead to Bradford

23 March 2021

Defender Junior Brown is looking forward to taking on Bradford City at the Sands Venue Stadium this Tuesday (7pm kick-off).

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23 March 2021

After the hard-fought 1-1 draw against Southend United on Saturday, secured in the dying stages with ten men, Brown is looking for a better performance than at the weekend.

Speaking to iFollow Iron, he said: “In the grand scheme of things it’s a good point, but it certainly wasn’t one of our better performances. On the whole, it’s another point, step in the right direction and gets us a bit closer to safety.

“We look forward to Tuesday night, where we'll look to improve, put in a good performance and win three points.”

Brown signed for United as a free transfer until the end of the season back in October, and reflected on the busy recent run of matches that has seen his side play 10 games in the space of 31 days: “It’s been difficult but a lot of teams have been through the same thing and I know we’ve had a lot of rearranged games so it’s made it a bit tighter.

"It’s all part and parcel of the whole Covid situation but I think we’ve dealt with it the best way we can in terms of training and games by rotating the squad and now we can hopefully bring this busy run to an end with three points on Tuesday. Then we’ve got a bit of time to rest up and get ready for that final push.”

Discussing the recent abandoned game against Tuesday's opponents Bradford (due to the snowy conditions), he said: “It was a difficult one, I don’t think many people on the pitch could see much either with the snow coming in the way it did. It was frustrating to start the game and be on top and then for the match to end the way it did. We’re all ready for Tuesday, we trained on Monday morning and we get set now to go into the game and hopefully win three points.

“If we can impose ourselves on the game early doors and get at them. Then I don’t see why we can’t pick up the points.”

Brown is competing against Mason O’Malley for the left-back spot, and he said: “It’s always enjoyable (having that competition), everybody wants to play week in week out but you don’t want to be in the team only because you’re making up the numbers.

"You want to be in there on performance and your own merits. I think everyone will say the same, as you want that competition in places all over the pitch because at the end of the day it makes you play better and it’s better for the team."

O’Malley has just been called up for the Republic of Ireland's Under 21s squad, and Brown added: “He’s done superbly, he’s come in and he’s got a great delivery. He’s a good kid to have around the club. His performances have reflected that. He got his deserved call up and I think he has got the potential to do a lot in the game.

“I think his progression is down to him. He works hard in training, we speak to each other about certain things but it’s down to him and how hard he works and his performance. He’s had his opportunity and grabbed it with both hands and fair play to the lad.”

Looking ahead to the rest of the season, he said: “The main aim is to get as many points as we can. The quicker we get safe the more pressure is off us. At the same time we want to go out there to collect as many points as we can and finish the season strong.”

See much more from Junior Brown on iFollow Iron.


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